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District 211 Academic Goals (Part 2)

As District 211 looks to strengthen its District-wide curriculum, there has been a slight shift in the focus of academic goals for the next two years. The Board of Education approved those goals for the 2012-2014 academic years at its July 12 meeting. The first goal is that students will demonstrate academic growth in high school. Instead of the District focusing solely on higher enrollment in more rigorous classes, teachers are looking at overall growth based on the individual student. “What we want as far as growth is to have students try to progress to the next difficulty level of coursework,” said Samantha Dolen, assistant superintendent ...

District 211 Academic Goals (Part 1)

With an emphasis on college readiness and success after high school graduation, students in District 211 have been challenged to meet learning goals outlined for the 2011-2012 academic year. There are four different academic goals in the District’s plan, including that students will meet critical learning standards outlined by the District, students will demonstrate academic growth, student enrollment in more rigorous courses will increase, and students will demonstrate college-readiness. The goals monitor two areas in academic progress, which were the attainment of identified outcomes and growth. Attainment is an indication of a student’s ...

D211 Students Report Earned Scholarship Opportunities

As another school year comes to an end, most District 211 graduates are gearing up for the next step in their academic careers. Of those students, many have worked hard at earning scholarship opportunities. “The scholarships that students receive are important,” said Samantha Dolen, assistant superintendent for student services. “That financial relief from tuition, along with the college credits students can earn in high school through advanced placement and dual-credit coursework, represents a real benefit to students and parents.” Students at District 211 schools were asked to report academic scholarships they earned. These self-repo...

New GPA Criteria Established for Academic Scholar Distinction

When District 211 made the decision to eliminate class rank, careful consideration was given to revising the process used to determine which students qualified as Academic Scholars during his or her senior year. New selection criteria was established to determine which students will be designated Academic Scholars, and those guidelines were approved by the Board of Education at its meeting on April 26. Instead of using class rank to identify the top 25 students, grade point average will be the determining factor. Students who achieve or earn a minimum of 3.90 on the regular grade point average scale or a minimum of 4.70 on the weighted scale at ...

The Full Picture of Planning an Academic Calendar

When planning a school year calendar, it’s easy to overlook various considerations that go into it. That’s why ensuring High School District 211’s academic calendar meets state requirements, satisfies the wishes of teachers and parents, and meets the needs of students, isn’t a simple task. Many aren’t aware of the process to create a school calendar, and for the District’s 2013-2014 academic year, which was approved by the Board of Education on March 15, any slight changes happened for a reason. “We’re looking for an overall good balance,” said Samantha Dolen, assistant superintendent for Student Services. Each academic year ...